¿Puedes fumar cannabis tomando antibioticos?

Sabemos que no debemos beber alcohol mientras tomamos antibióticos. ¿Pero podemos consumir cannabis? Esto es lo que dicen los expertos.

Algunas cosas no se mezclan. Con esto en mente, siempre es importante ser consciente y cauteloso de lo que está tomando cuando toma algún tipo de medicamento, ya que ciertos medicamentos tendrán una reacción negativa o más intensa cuando se toman con otra sustancia. Caso en cuestión: cuando se lucha contra una infección bacteriana, los médicos generalmente recetan antibióticos, que vienen junto con algunas reglas estrictas. Pero casi nunca se aborda una pregunta importante: ¿puedes fumar hierba mientras tomas esos antibióticos?

High Times decidió preguntarle a Terry Roycroft, presidente del Medicinal Cannabis Resource Center Inc. (MCRCI) de Canadá, que trabaja con médicos que tienen un conocimiento especial de las aplicaciones médicas del cannabis. Roycroft ha estudiado la marihuana y sus efectos durante más de una década y le apasiona avanzar en el conocimiento público de la planta. Afortunadamente, según él, tomar antibióticos y fumar marihuana puede no ser tan dañino para un individuo como se podría pensar inicialmente.

¿Qué tan dañinas son las interacciones?

“Hay una serie de interacciones de drogas para numerosas cosas cotidianas. Por ejemplo, incluso con cafeína, hay 82 interacciones farmacológicas y algunas de ellas son moderadamente severas a severas ”, explica Roycroft.

Según el Servicio Nacional de Salud del Reino Unido, es “sensato” mantenerse alejado de la bebida cuando se toman antibióticos, aunque solo dos medicamentos requieren evitar completamente el alcohol por completo: metronidazol y tinidazol. Incluso algo tan inofensivo como la toronja puede tener una interacción negativa con los antibióticos. Esta fruta puede interferir con el metabolismo de varios medicamentos, incluidos algunos antibióticos utilizados para tratar ciertas infecciones respiratorias, estomacales y de otro tipo. De hecho, Roycroft dice que comenzaron a usar la toronja como guía para el cannabis.

“La realidad es que hay muy pocas interacciones con el cannabis. De hecho, los antibióticos no están en la lista de contraindicadores [la lista de síntomas o condiciones que hacen que un procedimiento sea desaconsejable] con cannabis ”, dice Roycroft.

Cualquier interacción que se haya identificado es muy leve y, de hecho, los médicos actualmente están haciendo pruebas para ver si algunos antibióticos funcionan de manera más favorable mezclados con marihuana.

“Por ejemplo, cuando estamos tratando a alguien que está tomando medicamentos para el dolor e introducimos cannabis, reduciremos su dosis [antibiótica] a la mitad de inmediato y obtendrán los mismos beneficios que obtendrían, y las mismas reacciones que si estuvieran tomando el monto total.”

Aunque puede haber interacciones muy leves, aquellos que mezclan los dos aún pueden sentir los efectos. Según Jessie Gill, una enfermera médica que se especializa en marihuana medicinal, el uso de algunos antibióticos macrólidos, como la troleandomicina, podría interactuar potencialmente con la marihuana.

“La marihuana inhibe una enzima específica en el hígado, el citocromo p450. Esta enzima es utilizada por muchos medicamentos, incluidos algunos antibióticos ”, escribió Gill en Quora.

“Lo que esto significa es que aumentará el efecto de los medicamentos. Eso también significa que correría un mayor riesgo de experimentar efectos secundarios y reacciones adversas de los antibióticos “.

¿Y lo mismo pasa con el CBD?

Curiosamente, los estudios han demostrado que el CBD puede, de hecho, tener propiedades antibióticas. Newsweek informa que los científicos australianos han descubierto que el cannabidiol mató numerosas cepas de bacterias, incluidas algunas que han sido notoriamente resistentes a los antibióticos tradicionales. Pero hasta ahora, todavía parece que el CBD tiene un largo camino por recorrer, en términos de reemplazar los antibióticos por completo.

“Todavía no sabemos cómo funciona, y puede tener un mecanismo de acción único dado que funciona contra las bacterias que se han vuelto resistentes a otros antibióticos, pero aún no sabemos cómo”, Mark Blaskovich, químico investigador principal de El Centro de Soluciones de Superbug, dijo a Newsweek.

“Hasta ahora, solo hemos demostrado que funciona tópicamente, en la superficie de la piel. Para ser realmente útil, sería bueno si pudiéramos demostrar que trata las infecciones sistémicas, p. neumonía o infecciones tisulares complicadas, en las que debe administrarse por vía oral o por vía intravenosa. Un estudio muy preliminar no demostró que funciona en estos modelos más difíciles “.

Entonces, ¿debería consumir cannabis con antibióticos?

Con todo, Roycroft dice que realmente no hay problema con mezclar cannabis y antibióticos. Es posible que experimente un aumento de los efectos secundarios del medicamento.

“En el Medicinal Cannabis Resource Center Inc., tenemos pacientes que toman antibióticos y no les decimos que dejen de consumir cannabis”, dice Roycroft.

En cuanto a otros médicos, a veces usarán la toronja como guía para el cannabis. Si hay una contraindicación con la toronja, entonces es posible que no desee mezclar cannabis con el medicamento.

Si todavía le preocupa un problema, pregúntele a su médico qué le recomiendan. Después de todo, no hay nada de malo en recibir asesoramiento médico adicional de un profesional.

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Utah Hemp Farmers Growing Strains Named After Obama and Trump

Farmers in Utah have begun growing hemp following the legalization of the crop late last year, including strains of the plant with names featuring a decidedly political twist. One varietal, Obama, is named for former President Barak Obama, who was in office when the 2014 Farm Bill that authorized hemp research pilot programs was signed into law.

Another strain, Trump, is also named for a president that figures prominently in hemp history. President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill in December, which legalized the crop as an agricultural commodity in the United States.

Farmer Kenny McFarland grew hemp for the first time this year, planting clones on eight acres of his farm in Weber County. He shared some of the knowledge he gained from the experience at the annual convention of the Utah Farm Bureau that was held last week in Layton.

“Trump was super aggressive,” McFarland said, drawing laughs from the crowd of farmers at the event.

Since the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has issued 290 cultivation licenses to grow hemp, including 190 licenses that were active for this year’s growing season. Farmers were required to pay a fee of $500 to obtain the license.

Difficult First Growing Season for Hemp in Utah

Drew Rigby, the Utah agriculture agency’s director of medical cannabis and industrial hemp, said that the first year of hemp cultivation in the state was a difficult learning experience. Besides Obama and Trump, farmers also gave other strains of hemp a try, including ones named Cherry Blossom, Tokyo, and Merlot.

“We did not have a lot of successful grows and the quality of the product was nothing to write home about,” Rigby said. “It is not unusual to struggle the first year.”

Mont McPherson of Millard County planted 60 acres of hemp at his farm. He used four different varieties of what was supposed to be feminized seed but achieved a germination rate of only 30 percent, including 10,000 to 15,000 male plants that had to be removed from the field to prevent the female plants from being pollinated and producing flowers with seed.

“We spent hours driving the fields looking for males,” McPherson said.

“It was pretty much a train wreck,” he added.

Rigby agreed that male plants posed a challenge for growers, noting that just one male plant in a field can pollinate the females, producing seed and reducing the value of the crop.

“Culling males is a very difficult thing,” he said. “Males have zero value in this game.”

Rigby said that “the window to make a quick buck from growing hemp is closing” and that farmers shouldn’t consider the crop unless they are in it for the “long haul.”

“Don’t waste your time,” he said.

David Politis, a consultant for the Utah Farm Bureau who was also at last week’s convention, said that while the state’s climate is ideal for growing hemp, farmers should be cautious about growing the new crop.

“This market is like the wild, wild West,” he said. “There are a lot of crooks or people who don’t know what they are doing. For better or worse, there are producers who hear about this and they see the opportunity to make a quick buck and strike it rich quickly.”

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Michigan Temporarily Suspends Sale of Marijuana E-cigarettes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Friday halted the sale of marijuana vaping products until they are tested for a compound that has been identified as a culprit in e-cigarette-related lung illnesses.

The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s emergency rules, which prohibit vitamin E acetate, apply to existing medical marijuana businesses and those in the process of being licensed to sell for recreational use as soon as Dec. 1. Regulators noted that U.S. health officials found the compound in the damaged lungs of 29 patients across the country who were sickened from vaping.

“It
is absolutely vital that patients and consumers know, with certainty,
the ingredients in the products that they are using,” Lt. Gov. Garlin
Gilchrist said in a written statement. “These rules require stringent
testing and will continue to prioritize the health and safety of
Michiganders.”

Effective immediately, businesses cannot sell
previously made marijuana vaping products unless they pass new testing.
Processors making new products are barred from using inactive
ingredients that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration.

Regulators said they will inspect processing
facilities twice a month to ensure compliance. Inactive ingredients
added to marijuana products must be clearly listed on the label.

Vitamin
E acetate is used as an additive, most notably as a thickener in
e-cigarette products that contain THC, which gives marijuana its high,
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though
vitamin E is safe as a pill or to use on the skin, inhaling oily
droplets of it can be harmful.

Fifty-five vaping-related lung injuries have been identified in Michigan, including a 17-year-old boy who needed a life-saving double lung transplant.

This is the second time since September that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has taken emergency steps to limit vaping. Her ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes has been blocked by a state judge and is being appealed.

An industry group backed the latest rules on Friday.

“We’re
fully supportive of the governor’s decision,” said Robin Schneider,
executive director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association. “Our
member’s No. 1 priority is providing safe, tested medicine to medical
marijuana patients across the state. We think this will contribute
significantly towards that goal.”

By David Eggert

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Try This Holiday Cannabis Punch To Smooth Out Year-End Angst

Surely, there is no better time to smooth out the rough edges than the holiday season. Cocktailing through awkward moments is a key year-end tradition in many a household, but in this day and age there is no reason to stick to the booze during trying family reunions — or lack thereof.

For proof, there’s this cannabis punch recipe brought to you by mixologist, Forbes contributor, and book author Warren “Cocktail Whisperer” Bobrow, who has recently made the shift to creating his own cannabis concoctions. Brobow says the idea for the transition came to him in a dream while attending New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail event. “One in color,” to be exact — a notion he says was related to his attendance of “dozens and dozens” of Grateful Dead shows. Bobrow also attributes his passion for weed drinks to respect for the millennia-old tradition of using cannabis for healing purposes.

This particular Bobrow tipple features Saka, an alcohol-free beverage made with Napa Valley grapes and cannabis — a combination not likely to be seen elsewhere, given the county’s recent decision to ban cannabis. The drink’s marijuana has been optimized through “nano-emulsion” technology so that your body can feel the effects within 5-15 minutes. That means there will be minimal drag time on feeling the effects of your cocktail, should you need herbal relief, and fast. Another plus for Saka? The luxurious packaging will be a nice tool in convincing any retro-minded loved ones that marijuana has entered a new cultural epoch.

Saka Holiday Punch Ingredients:

  • Chilled burgundy glass
  • 3 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • .25 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz botanical (alcohol-free) gin
  • 3 oz. Saka
  • 2 shakes of Angostura Bitters
  • Large cube of ice
  • Orange slice
  • Fresh mint

Preparation:

  1. Pre-chill burgundy glass
  2. Rub inside with freshly slapped mint (this will release its oils)
  3. Add ice
  4. Add orange slice
  5. Fill a Boston Shaker 3/4 with ice
  6. Add the juices and cap. Shake hard
  7. Pour over ice
  8. Top with Saka
  9. Dot with Angostura
  10. Float the gin on top and sip through

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Boston Green-Lights Independent Cannabis Board To Boost Diversity In Industry

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is overhauling its process of reviewing marijuana businesses to boost involvement of minority entrepreneurs in Massachusetts’ burgeoning pot industry.

The City Council on
Wednesday approved an ordinance calling for the creation of an
independent Cannabis Board to oversee local review of prospective
marijuana businesses.

The proposal by Councilor Kim Janey also
requires Boston to ensure that at least half of its marijuana licenses
go to companies from communities affected by the war on drugs.

And
it creates Massachusetts’ first local fund supporting minority-owned
marijuana companies, according to Janey and other city officials.

Boston’s new Equity Fund will provide qualified business technical assistance. It will be financed through local industry fees.

Janey
said the goal of the overhaul is to make Boston’s “opaque and vague”
marijuana business application process more transparent.

She said
it also provides “economic justice” to marginalized communities that
have suffered for years under harsh drug enforcement policies and have
so far not benefited from the lucrative legal pot industry.

“The
evidence is clear: without intentional focus on equity, the status quo
will prevail,” Janey said as the council weighed her proposal. “Larger
and wealthier companies will lock out smaller, diverse companies from
our communities.”

Activists across the country have complained that black and Latino business owners have struggled to break into the legal marijuana trade, often because of prior, drug-related criminal records.

Since
Massachusetts voters approved recreational marijuana use and sales in
2016, more than 200 licenses have been issued statewide, according to
the state Cannabis Control Commission. Only 10 are considered owned by
minorities or disadvantaged populations.

Massachusetts’ first two
retail pot shops opened their doors Nov. 20, 2018, in Northampton and
Leicester. One year later, there are 33 stores operating statewide, but
none is in Boston.

Boston’s ordinance sets a national standard for
local vetting of prospective marijuana businesses, suggested Shaleen
Title, a member of Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission that
issues the state licenses required for opening a marijuana business.

“There’s
transparency, there are criteria that are fair, there are people in
charge who are accountable for making those decisions, and there’s
financial assistance available,” she said after observing Wednesday’s
vote in City Hall. “Those four things create a model that other cities
and towns should look to.”

Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh, whose
office oversees the marijuana review process, commended Janey for her
efforts and said he’ll sign the measure into law. He’s also expected to
issue an executive order creating the cannabis oversight board in the
coming days.

“Together, we will ensure those who have been
impacted hardest by the War on Drugs can benefit most from this new
economic opportunity,” he said in a statement. “Since the start of this
new industry, we have worked to ensure the process is fair, transparent
and equitable for all who wish to participate in it. “

The proposed overhaul also comes as federal prosecutors are investigating local corruption in Massachusetts’ cannabis industry.

A
federal grand jury has issued subpoenas to communities across the
state, including Boston, seeking information about their compensation
agreements with marijuana companies.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling
and others have voiced concern about the potential for abuse in the
negotiation process between communities and companies, which is largely
done out of public view.

Lelling’s office recently charged Fall River’s outgoing Mayor Jasiel Correia with extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana companies seeking to operate in his city near the Rhode Island state line.

By Philip Marcelo

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SHERBINSKIS Opens US Flagship Dispensary In Los Angeles

Famed cannabis breeder Mario Guzman a.k.a. Mr. Sherbinski is an expert grower and the renowned creator of designer cannabis genetics, Sunset Sherbert, Gelato, and the Gelato lineage: Bacio, Acaiberry, Mochi, and Gello. He’s also the founder of the eponymous cannabis lifestyle brand SHERBINSKIS, a premium favorite that’s catapulted its way to cult status from its roots in San Francisco. Now, SHERBINSKIS has come to Los Angeles with the opening of its 2,500 square-foot flagship store in the heart of L.A.’s historic Fairfax Avenue, in partnership with the high-end cannabis delivery service, emjay.

“As a brand, we feel right at home on Fairfax. It’s a location we’ve always respected as a haven for creativity and culture,” said Guzman. “We’re excited to get settled in and kick off this chapter of SHERBINSKIS in Los Angeles.”

SHERBINSKIS Opens US Flagship Dispensary In Los Angeles
Courtesy SHERBINSKIS

Behind floor-to-ceiling front glass windows, against the backdrop of a gigantic mural-type “budwall,” an exclusive private preview party on November 21 attracted a slew of A-list celebrities, including NBA star Al Harrington, GRAMMY® Award-nominated Ty Dolla $ign, Ben Baller, SK8, and many more. Not only did high-profile guests take in SHERBINSKIS’ impressive range of acclaimed genetics within an architectural marvel accented with SHERBINSKIS’ signature orange and white hues; they also browsed a stunning selection of the store’s selective assortment of excellent cannabis brands such as Dosist, Double Barrel, Sincere, Select, and others.

At the preview celebration, Guzman discussed exciting future collaborations, spanning everything from fashion and decor to music and advocacy. After the opening celebration, VIPs headed to an exclusive after-party at a posh West Hollywood private estate, where they indulged in a feast for the senses for the remainder of the evening.

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Nuhi Distribution: Premium Quality Wholesale Marijuana Products In Colorado

Established in 2014 in Denver, Colorado, Nuhi Distribution is a premium supplier of wholesale marijuana products dedicated to quality and customer satisfaction. Nuhi Distribution offers exceptional live resin, sugar wax, shatter, cartridges, pre-rolls and flower.  With multiple cultivations and a processing lab, new products are always hitting dispensary shelves. Nuhi Distribution aims to be the one-stop-shop for all of your wholesale needs.

Nuhi Flower

Always hand-trimmed and properly cured, Nuhi Distribution offers a large variety of high-quality strains that are sure to meet every user’s needs. Nuhi Distribution carries everything from heavy testers that average over 30% total THC as well as CBD dominant strains. Between three cultivation facilities in Denver, Nuhi Distribution is in perpetual harvest with a large variety and new products daily.

Nuhi Distribution: Premium Quality Wholesale Marijuana Products In Colorado
Courtesy Nuhi Distribution

Nuhi Premium Concentrates 

Nuhi Distribution has developed their very own supply of premium marijuana concentrates that customers will enjoy, including live resin, sugar wax, shatter, and cartridges processed only from in-house material grown in Nuhi cultivations. Their concentrates are made exclusively with their material without ever out-sourcing. 

Doobz Pre-Rolls 

Doobz pre-rolls are Nuhi’s exclusive pre-roll brand made with 100% flower and no fillers. Rolled in-house with their flower, Doobz will be available in a variety of options such as multiple strains in the sativa, hybrid, and indica dominant categories, as well as kief infused pre-rolls that will pack an extra punch. Doobz pre-rolls are blowing up the Colorado pre-roll scene!

Nuhi Distribution: Premium Quality Wholesale Marijuana Products In Colorado
Courtesy Nuhi Distribution

Where to find Nuhi 

Nuhi Distribution products can be found at licensed dispensaries across the state of Colorado. The Health Center, an award-winning dispensary with two locations in Denver and one in Boulder, is always stocked with an array of concentrates, flower, cartridges, and Doobz. The Health Center locations in Denver are located in the University Hills and Uptown neighborhoods at 2777 S Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80222 and 1736 N Downing St. Denver, CO 80218. Nuhi Distribution’s newest location in Boulder is located at 537 Canyon Blvd off 6th and Canyon. All three locations are open seven days a week for all your cannabis needs. Feel free to give The Health Center a call to learn more at (303) 758-9997.

If you are looking to purchase Nuhi wholesale products, please reach out to their wholesale department at (303) 641-9555 and their team will be happy to assist you.

Nuhi Distribution is solely operational in the state of Colorado and performs business with licensed facilities only.

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How to Protect Your Brand From Counterfeiters

Global counterfeiting is expected to reach $1.82 trillion by 2020.1 Counterfeiting includes, but goes way beyond, fake watches or bogus polo shirts. In fact, no product is safe, including cannabis.

Counterfeiting is insidious; it supports child labor, human trafficking, organized crime, and has been linked to terrorist groups.2 “[C]ounterfeit good sales have been linked to al-Qaeda, FARC, Colombia’s rebel army and paramilitary groups in Northern Island.” 3 The FBI believes that counterfeit goods financed the World Trade Center bombing and the attack on September 11, 2001.4

Counterfeiters and their fake merchandise are typically difficult to locate and remove from the marketplace. Currently, we are seeing a proliferation of counterfeiting in the cannabis industry. Cannabis companies must consider the impact that counterfeit products have on their brand and goodwill. It is vital for cannabis companies to implement strategies to combat counterfeiting.

Louis Vuitton bags are one of the many goods that are commonly counterfeited
Image: UK Home Office, Flickr

Typically, companies use trademark laws to combat counterfeiters. However, brand protection for cannabis companies is difficult because trademark laws do not provide the breadth of protection needed to successfully protect and enforce a cannabis company’s brand. Currently, U.S. trademark laws prohibit the registration of cannabis trademarks because selling cannabis violates federal law.5 While the 2018 Farm Bill amended this steadfast rule slightly, it only applies in limited circumstances, i.e., when the cannabis product contains less than 0.3% THC.6 As a result, cannabis companies are forced to seek protection through indirect registration, namely filing for goods and services that are not cannabis-related, such as clothing, publications or medical services. Indirect registrations are not enough to combat counterfeiters successfully.

Fortunately, there is another avenue that cannabis companies should be using to protect and enforce their brands against counterfeiters — obtaining copyright registrations for the company’s logo, product packaging and, if appropriate, company name. Copyright protection extends to a protectable work regardless of whether the copyright is in an illegal work or the copyright owner uses its copyright for an illegal purpose.7 Moreover, if there is pending or prospective litigation, a brand owner may request special handling of a copyright application to obtain expedited processing.8 If the application meets all the requirements for registration, special handling will result in the brand owner obtaining a copyright registration in about a week.9 Trademark registrations, on the other hand, typically take at least five months to obtain.

Once a company receives a copyright registration, the Copyright Act provides unique and important avenues for relief against counterfeiters.10 For example, a brand owner may obtain an ex parte seizure order, which allows the company to enter the counterfeiter’s premises, without notice, and seize the counterfeit products, business records, financial information relating to the counterfeit operation, customer and vendor lists, and bank account information.11 A brand owner may also obtain injunctive relief — a court order prohibiting the counterfeiter from buying, selling, and advertising counterfeit products — and freeze the counterfeiter’s bank accounts.12

People often say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, in the counterfeiting context, imitation can be lethal to your company.A cannabidiol (CBD) company recently used its copyright registrations to stop counterfeiters from advertising and selling counterfeit CBD gummies and oils. The CBD company obtained an ex parte seizure order, injunction and asset freeze, and obtained a $5 million judgment against the counterfeiters.13

Litigation is a valuable and effective tool in fighting counterfeiting. It helps protect the company’s goodwill, enhances consumer confidence and increases the company’s revenues. There are other tools that should be used to combat counterfeiting.

Companies must diligently watch their vendors, distributors, and customers for bad actors. Your vendor agreements should include provisions allowing regular audits and inspections. Your distribution agreements should prohibit distributors from selling outside their territory and engaging in price arbitrage. Your customers should be prevented from selling your products in smaller units. Having unique packaging with holograms will also assist in reducing counterfeits as the packaging is harder to replicate. An effective public relations campaign that includes educating your customers and the industry on the harmful effects of buying counterfeit cannabis products is also a very effective tool.

People often say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, in the counterfeiting context, imitation can be lethal to your company. Counterfeit cannabis products can be subpotent, superpotent or contaminated. Having these dangerous products advertised under your brand in identical packaging can have dire consequences.

If you are not currently experiencing a counterfeiting problem, you likely will. It is important to be proactive and find attorneys that have experience combatting counterfeiters in the cannabis industry to help protect your brand and company.


References

  1. Global Brand Counterfeiting Report 2018-2020 – ResearchAndMarkets.com, AP News (May 15, 2018), https://www.apnews.com/ef15478fa38649b5ba29b434c8e87c94.
  2. Colleen Jordan Orscheln, Bad News Birkins: Counterfeit in Luxury Brands, 14 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 249, 259 (2015).
  3. Id. at 260.
  4. Id.
  5. Examination of Marks for Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Goods and Services after Enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill, USPTO (May 2, 2019), https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Exam%20Guide%201-19.pdf.
  6. Id.
  7. See, e.g., Flava Works, Inc. v. Gunter, 689 F.3d 754, 756 (7th Cir. 2012); Dream Games of Ariz., Inc. v. PC Onsite, 561 F.3d 983 (9th Cir. 2009); Mitchell Bros. Film Grp. v. Cinema Adult Theater, 604 F.2d 852, 855 (5th Cir. 1979); Big Daddy Games, LLC v. Reel Spin Studios, LLC, No. 3:12-cv-00449, 2013 WL 12233949, at *16–17 (W.D. Wis. Apr. 10, 2013).
  8. Special Handling, U.S. Copyright Office, https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-special.html (last visited November 20, 2019).
  9. Id.
  10. See 17 U.S.C. § 503(a)(3).
  11. Id.
  12. Id.
  13. See Global Widget, LLC v. A.R.T. Wholesale LLC, No. 1:19-cv-02136, 2019 WL 3281321 (N.D. Ga. May 16, 2019); Global Widget, LLC v. A.R.T. Wholesale LLC, No. 1:19-cv-02136, 2019 WL 3244489 (N.D. Ga. July 18, 2019).

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American Medical Association Wants To Ban All E-Cigs And Vaping Products

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

The
group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San
Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal
action to achieve a ban, but the industry is sure to fight back.

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine.

“It’s
simple, we must keep nicotine products out of the hands of young
people.” Dr. Patrice Harris, AMA’s president, said in a statement.

The
doctors’ group said a separate health issue also prompted its action —
the recent U.S. outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping. Most of
those sickened said they vaped THC, the high-inducing ingredient in
marijuana, not nicotine. Officials believe a thickening agent used in
black market THC vaping products may be a culprit.

The outbreak
has “shined a light on the fact that we have very little evidence about
the short- and long-term health consequences of e-cigarettes and vaping
products,” Harris said. About 2,100 people have gotten sick; 42 have
died.

The AMA has previously sought bans on e-cigarette flavors and ads.

Some observers say the AMA’s position is flawed and has little chance of achieving a sweeping ban.

“I
would be 100% with the AMA if they were seeking a ban on all tobacco
products that are smoked, including e-cigarettes,” said Jonathan Foulds,
a tobacco addiction specialist at Penn State University. “But right
now, nicotine electronic cigarettes are competing with and replacing the
most harmful legal product in this country.”

Gregory Conley,
president of the American Vaping Association, a pro-vaping advocacy
group, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made
clear that its focus “is not store-bought nicotine vaping products, but
illicit contaminated THC oil cartridges sold by drug dealers.”

“It
would be a mistake for adult smokers and their families to listen to
these misguided prohibitionists, as the evidence continues to indicate
that adult smokers who switch to nicotine vaping products greatly
improve their health,” Conley said.

The AMA policy calls for a ban
of vaping products not approved to help people quit. But so far, none
have been reviewed or approved for that use by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration.

Stephanie Caccomo, an FDA press officer, said the
agency is “committed to doing everything we can to prevent kids from
using tobacco products and will continue to develop a policy approach
that aligns with that concern.”

Juul Labs, the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

E-cigarettes
first appeared in the U.S. more than a decade ago and have grown in
popularity despite little research on their long-term effects. The FDA
has been widely criticized for repeatedly pushing back its own deadline
to begin reviewing thousands of vaping products on the market, at one
point until 2022. The deadline is now next May.

By Lindsey Tanner. AP writer Matthew Perrone in Washington contributed to this report.

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The Winners of the Cannabis Cup Colorado 2019

We had a great time in Denver and are thrilled to share a list of the winners of the Cannabis Cup Colorado 2019!

Indico – Mandarin Sunset

Indica Flower

1st Place: Indico – Mandarin Sunset
2nd Place: High Level Health – Wedding Cake
3rd Place: Dank by Pank – Blackberry Meringue #12

Dank By Pank – Orange Cookies

Hybrid Flower

1st Place: Dank By Pank – Orange Cookies
2nd Place: Den-Rec – Granola Funk
3rd Place: High Level Health – MAC

Den-Rec – Samoas

Sativa Flower

1st Place: Den-Rec – Samoas
2nd Place: Dank by Pank – Pank Lemonade
3rd Place: High West Cannabis – Headband

San Juan Strains – Clementine

Sungrown Flower

1st Place: San Juan Strains – Clementine
2nd Place: Green Dragon – Tangerine Haze
3rd Place: Roots RX – Crazy Glue

High Country Cones – French Whore Infused Pre-Roll

Pre-Rolls

1st Place: High Country Cones – French Whore Infused Pre-Roll
2nd Place: Eureka Cure – Wavy Gravy Infused Pre-Roll
3rd Place: Seed & Smith – Garlic Road Pre-Roll

Harmony Extracts – Banana Kush Ice Nectar

Indica Concentrate

1st Place: Harmony Extracts – Banana Kush Ice Nectar
2nd Place: Apothecary Extracts – Garlic Breath Ambrosia
3rd Place: Kush Masters – Afghani Triangle Live Diamonds

Harmony Extracts – Tropicanna Live Sugar

Hybrid Concentrate

1st Place: Harmony Extracts – Tropicanna Live Sugar
2nd Place: High Level Health – MAC Live Budder
3rd Place: Sano Gardens Snax – Do-Si-Dos X I95 Aqua Live Resin

Sativa Concentrate

1st Place: Harmony Extracts – Clementine Live Terp Badder
2nd Place: Kush Masters – Hawaiian Sunset Live Diamonds
3rd Place: High Level Health – Platinum Valley Live Sugar

Dab Logic – Strawnanna Live SHO Cake Badder

Non-Solvent Hash

1st Place: Dab Logic – Strawnanna Live SHO Cake Badder
2nd Place: Spectral Extracts – Punch Cake Live Rosin
3rd Place: Kush Masters – Cookies n’ Cream Live Rosin

Seed & Smith – Super Sour Lemon Live Sauce Dart Pod

Vape Pens & Cartridges

1st Place: Seed & Smith – Super Sour Lemon Live Sauce Dart Pod
2nd Place: NuHi Distribution – Super Sour Haze Cart
3rd Place: Eureka Vapor – UK Cheese Pen

Coda Signature – Balance CBD Vape Cart

CBD Vape Pens & Cartridges

1st Place: Coda Signature – Balance CBD Vape Cart
2nd Place: Magnus Concentrates – Apple Jack CBD 1:1 Cart
3rd Place: High Level Health – Platinum C4 CBD Cart

Oh Hi Beverages – Pomegranate Sparkling Seltzer

Edibles

1st Place: Oh Hi Beverages – Pomegranate Sparkling Seltzer
2nd Place: Rebel Edibles – Apple Pie Caramels
3rd Place: Monte Fiore Farms – 3J’s Hice Cream Carmel Apple Pie

Canyon – Chew It Sour Lemonade CBD Gummy

CBD Edibles

1st Place: Canyon – Chew It Sour Lemonade CBD Gummy
2nd Place: Coda Signature – Coffee & Doughnuts 1:1 CBD Chocolate Bar
3rd Place: Sugar High – Cookie & Cream Crunch CBD 1:1 Chocolates

Coda Signature – Symphony 1:1 Cannabis Infused Bath Bombs

Topicals

1st Place: Coda Signature – Symphony 1:1 Cannabis Infused Bath Bombs
2nd Place: Escape Artists – Pro Sport 20:1 Recovery Cream
3rd Place: Le Remedie – 1:1 Calming Body Butter

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